With all five starters back Youth Eddie Goldman Jersey , No. 16 Syracuse didn't figure to skip a beat defensively, and Eastern Washington found that out in a hurry.Mixing in a full-court press with its normally stingy 2-3 zone, night and still nearly doubled up on the Eagles, beating them 66-34.Oshae Brissett had 20 points and eight rebounds as Syracuse held Eastern Washington to 22 percent shooting. The Eagles' offensive output was the lowest since the Carrier Dome opened in 1980."I'm happy to be part of that record. Our defense is really what won us the game," Brissett said. "Our leader in steals (starting point guard Frank Howard) wasn't even playing. Once we get him back out there, it's going to be even worse for other teams."Eight players scored for Syracuse. Bourama Sidibe and Tyus Battle each had eight points, while Marek Dolezaj, Jalen Carey and Elijah Hughes had seven apiece.Tyler Kidd led the Eagles with nine points. Jack Perry, the Eagles' leading 3-point shooter a year ago, had three points and shot 1 of 4 from 3.Syracuse had 10 steals and scored 33 points off 19 Eastern Washington turnovers. The Eagles were no match for the Orange in size, with no player taller than 6-foot-7."We've been pressing the whole time in exhibition games, and it's been fairly effective," Orange coach Jim Boeheim said. "That was really, I thought, the difference in the game. We got points off the press."Both teams were cold from 3. Syracuse, which ranked last in 3-point shooting in the ACC last season, hit 3 of 17 while the Orange defense held the Eagles to 6 of 35.The game was tied at 5 when Syracuse went on a 23-5 run to end the first half with a 28-10 lead. Never threatened, the Orange continued to dominate with an 18-3 blitz to start the second.The Eagles shot 4-of-23 in the first half and missed 11 field goal attempts in a row, going almost 10 minutes between makes. The Orange weren't much better, hitting 37 percent. The Eagles' 10 points in the first half marked the lowest in the Carrier Dome since Colgate scored eight in 2010."They did a great job of speeding us up, trapping us http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/bryce-callahan-jersey ," said Eastern Washington coach Shantay Legans. "I didn't have us prepared for their press. If they can defend like this and contest a lot of shots, they're going to be really good."Defense will have to carry the day for Syracuse as Howard continues his recovery from an injured leg."It's like if the New Orleans Saints didn't have a quarterback that could pass, and they ran every time, and they had a guy that couldn't throw, they wouldn't be very good," Boeheim said.MAKING A POINTTwo of Syracuse's three injured point guards returned to action. Jalen Carey made his Syracuse debut after suffering an ankle sprain in a team scrimmage, while Howard Washington returned sooner than expected after suffering a torn ACL last January.LOSING THE BATTLETyus Battle, Syracuse's leading scorer a year ago, struggled as he assumed point guard duties. He hit just 3 of 10 from the field.BUDDY BALLBoeheim's son, Buddy, made his first college start and it was a start he'd rather forget. An excellent outside shooter, the freshman was just 1 of 11 and missed all five tries from behind the arc.BIG PICTUREEastern Washington: The Eagles knew they had huge shoes to fill with the graduation of leading scorer and Big Sky MVP Bogdan Bliznyuk, and that was reinforced against the Orange. The Eagles need someone to step up — and quickly.Syracuse: The Orange had a double dose of good news with the return of two of their three injured point guards, but the offense struggled at times and eagerly awaits the return of Howard, who is a couple of weeks away from returning to the lineup.UP NEXTEastern Washington: The Eagles have another tough test Friday at No. 14 Oregon.Syracuse: The Orange host Morehead State on Saturday in what should be another easy tuneup before things get tougher next week with a contest against UConn.More than what meets the eyes; an optimistic take on the Chicago Bears’ season debut Well, it sure stung. Heading into the second half with a 17-0 lead, Matt Nagy and his Chicago Bears were sitting pretty and had firm control of the game. At least, until Aaron Rodgers happened. Once again, what felt like a victory clinched in the sweetest of ways, turned into such a sour evening for fans and Halas Hall alike. Like many, if not all fans http://www.chicagobearsteamonline.com/dion-sims-jersey , I was pretty...disgruntled for the remainder of the night. The disappointment is an all too frequent reminder of what it’s like to be playing against a Hall of Fame player in Rodgers. A moment that everyone who follows the Bears want to end, permanently. As I see things, moments like these will be coming to an end, sooner than how some may see. Matt Nagy sees room for improvement, and acknowledges expectations Yes, there are legitimate questions about Nagy’s play calling; particularly in the second half of the game. Yes, there are concerns about young Mitchell Trubisky’s development headed into the 14th start of his career as the franchise quarterback. Heck, this is a young team thatneeds to learn on how to secure wins during key moments. If we have seen anything from this team, it’s that they’re certainly not going to feel sorry for themselves. They won’t settle for anything less than excellence. This whole organization is quite aware of their expectations this season. Matt Nagy suggested as much in his meeting with the media on Monday morning. The following quote is from Dan Wiederer’s article with the Chicago Tribune.Surely, this beats the whole “oh well, we were close, just need to execute better” narrative provided by John Fox during his campaign in Chicago. Nagy knows they have to learn from their mistakes, and I’m quite confident they will learn to win games on a consistent basis. Despite falling short, Khalil Mack and the Bears’ defense showed serious potentialKhalil Mack, outside linebacker, Chicago Bears. Doesn’t that feel good to say? Like, really really good? Even though he was with the team for a grand total of eight days prior to his debut, he certainly looked to be worth every draft pick and penny spent on acquiring him. He didn’t even start the game — newcomer Aaron Lynch earned that nod — yet his presence was felt in every snap he played in. Finally, a player who can dominate an entire game by one’s self. Get ready to see a lot more of these plays happenening with this Chicago Bears defense. Will Robinson (whiskey ranger)Mack’s night was not just freakish, it was legendary. He became one of only a select few players in history to record at least two games where he registers an interception, a touchdown Womens Eddie Goldman Jersey , sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery in one half of the same game. Even hall of fame players like Lawrence Taylor and Brian Dawkins have accomplished feats like this only once in their respective careers. His pick six deserves it’s own video for this post. Having a player such as Mack teamed up with players like Akiem Hicks and Leonard Floyd should make life easier for others to harass opposing quarterbacks. Take, for example, the debut of rookie linebacker Roquan Smith. Not a bad way for the young man to start his career in the windy city. Will Robinson (whiskey ranger)Notice how Khalil Mack is lined up as a defensive end in their formation prior to the ball being snapped. He has, after all, been named an All-Pro player to two different positions on defense. I would look for Vic Fangio to continue using his creativity now that he has such a diverse assortment of players to choose from within his front seven. Andrew Link does a fantastic job highlighting the Bears’ defense in his week one edition of the rush report. Overall, a few minor adjustments may need to be made within their game plans moving forward. Yet, players like Mack and Smith are bringing true excitement to the Bears’ linebacker position for many years to come. He wasn’t perfect, but Mitchell Trubisky showed signs of progression Yeah, I get it, he should have flashed more than what we all observed at the land of cheese. Completing 65.7% of his passes for just 171 yards, with no passing TDs or INTs would make any fantasy guru’s eyes roll. But Matt Nagy, nor Mitchell Trubisky for the matter, likely care about anyone’s league. One of the most frequent complaints I’ve noticed is how he doesn’t continuously keep his eyes downfield for big play opportunities. Instead, he’d tuck the ball and scamper for a few yards, probably more often than he should. Again, that’s from a third person’s perspective. But me, I’m a fan of his improved decision making. Why take the risk downfield while you’re ahead when you can utilize your athleticism and pick up a good chunk of guaranteed yardage? Continue to underestimate what is a very athletic secondary for the Green Bay Packers, and you’ll see interceptions pile up. Besides, he did occasionally look for opportunities in the scramble drill. Take note of this play Authentic Roquan Smith Jersey , where he found rookie receiver Anthony Miller for a clutch reception on third down. Trubisky keeping his eyes downfield for big play opportunities as he evades pressure. Will Robinson (whiskey ranger)It’s also a nice thing to have a new arsenal of legitimate weapons to utilize in their passing game. Allen Robinson II, Anthony Miller, and Taylor Gabriel all flashed potential when targeted. It just takes time for any quarterback to develop chemistry with any one player, let alone an entirely rebuilt receiving corps. And honestly, that’s what this all comes down to. Give the young quarterback time to settle in with the new offense, players, and game day strategies. He’s headed into what will be his 14th career game as a starting quarterback in the NFL against the Seattle Seahawks this coming Monday night. Believe it or not, he’s progressing positively as a player. Just be patient. This team is on the verge of greatness General manager Ryan Pace certainly put a ton of effort into improving this team. With all the new additions in each phase of the game, it should be expected that a few speed bumps will be felt and ran over. Patience is a virtue. For people already giving up after watching the first week of action, suit yourself. Loses are frustrating, yet one cannot learn if they do not fail. It is a tragic, yet real part of life. That is the fundamental lesson Matt Nagy and Co. are, hopefully, going to learn from. He said it himself, “close” is not good enough. I am sure we will see a different approach to this week’s game compared to Sunday’s. A game plan that may see more of an effort to pound the rock with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen each toting the ball. Or, we may see a more explosive passing game. In the end, this team has the pieces to be great. They simply need time to learn, adapt, and come together as one. There’s no need to mope around with heads hanging low. This team certainly won’t.